Pillars Of Eternity isn't the only Kickstarted CRPG on the block. Torment: Tides Of Numenera is still in development at inXile and coming on strong, promising to be the sequel to Planescape Torment we need and deserve. This new trailer shows off both the artwork and the setting, which feels fresh and unique yet just familiar enough to satisfy. You can read more about the Ninth World here.
As a backer, I'm tremendously excited about this one. What do you reckon?Click here to read more...
It's not every day that a Hail Mary pass in the form of a Kickstarter project aiming to get a 20-year project off of the ground wins out, but for inXile Entertainment and Brian Fargo, it really did. In a big way. I caught up with Brian at Gamescom this year to find out just what it means to the industry veteran to finally have the chance to bring Wasteland 2 to fruition, how the Unity engine and its Asset Store have made the process faster and efficient than the developers might have otherwise imagined, the nature of Kickstarter and answering to consumers and fans rather than publishers, and why player choice and player agency is such a big deal.Click here to read more...
Developers: inXile Entertainment | Obsidian Entertainment
Publishers: inXile Entertainment
Brian Fargo has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to create a true sequel to Wasteland. True, we've had Fallout and Fountain of Dreams, but those were spiritual sequels more than anything else. The Desert Rangers have plenty more stories of their own to tell yet.
Wasteland 2 is something of a modern take on retro stylings with its aesthetics enormously reminiscent of the Infinity engine's heyday. Instead of some big-name Kickstarter projects with lofty ambitions that far exceeded their crowdfunding budget (*cough* Double Fine), inXile have had a plan and stuck to it. When I caught up with Brian at this year's Gamescom, he explained how fashioning the game using the Unity engine, and leveraging Unity's expansive Asset Store allowed the team to move much more efficiently than they might have otherwise, both in terms of expenditure and time management.
Being a game constructed around deep, tactical, turn-based combat, the isometric view works marvellously, and players will have the opportunity to work out the perfect party combinations for their groups of four player-created Rangers, and up to three other NPCs. A familiar-looking attribute system makes a return, with CLASSIC comprising Charisma, Luck, Awareness, Strength, Speed, Intelligence, and Coordination. Thre'll be 32 skills in which to specialise, across three disciplines: Combat (e.g. Blunt Weapons, Bladed Weapons, Anti-Tank-Weapons etc.), Knowledge (e.g. Picklock, Safecrack, Alarm Disarm, Demolitions etc.) and General (e.g. Detector, Outdoorsman, Evasion, Leadership, Folklore etc.).Click here to read more...
It appears progress is coming along very well for Kickstarted project Wasteland 2, and to prove it the team at inXile Entertainment have released a new video with 18 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay from one of the levels in the game. Project lead Chris Keenan provides commentary as we get to see how optional missions will appear in the world, how players will interact with NPCs, and how the combat and skills system will work in the post-apocalyptic turn-based RPG.
There's also a goat that screams. Which is nice.
Hit the jump to see the video for yourself.Click here to read more...
Torment: Tides Of Numenera's Kickstarter campaign has been so successful that inXile are already behind their estimated schedule due to the massive number of stretch goals.
However, to tide you over, they've also released the first screenshot, depicting a glistening semi-sentient environment that's a character in its own right.Click here to read more...
InXile Entertainment have published the first gameplay video of crowd-funded sequel Wasteland 2. The post-apocalyptic RPG may still be work in progress, but this meaty narrated preview gives us a taste of the turn-based combat and gritty adult tone, while promising plenty of improvements to come.
"Our goal is to build a very deep combat system," explains designer Chris Keenan, "with the potential to dive in and fine-tune your damage-output and tactics, while not absolutely requiring that level of micro-management from all players."
With luck, Wasteland 2 will be another Kickstarter success story when it releases at the tail end of 2013.
Origin are making a big play for attractive deals today, and this inexpensive download title has been reduced to under half price - allowing you to save over £3 compared to Steam. This unapologetically action-packed, retro shooter is retro-hard but great fun if you approach it with the right mindset, providing tough yet rewarding whirlybird thrills. Update: Credit to geebeegooner at HotUKDeals, who actually rounded up these deals a couple of hours ago.
When a similar deal popped up in March, one of our readers reported that this version can be registered on Steam.
Brace yourselves, backers. inXile's Brian Fargo has released the first screenshot of crowd-funded RPG sequel Wasteland 2, which represents the team's first effort at "getting up to speed" with the Unity Engine.
It's looking rather tasty, even at this early stage.Click here to read more...
InXile have just released the first bit of concept art for Wasteland 2, thanks to Andree Wallin, with the picture in question (see above) designed "to help us establish the look and feel of the Desert Rangers", according to Brian Fargo.
There's still a week left to contribute to the Kickstarter project, and news trickled in that Obsidian would be joining the fray too, with Chriss Avellone pledged to help out after the campaign passed the $2.1 million mark. At the time of writing, the figure sits on $2,245,125.
Should Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 Kickstarter reach $2.1 million within the next fifteen days, Obsidian Entertainment's Chris Avellone will be drafted in to help with narrative, conversations and area design. Avellone worked with Fargo during the Black Isle days (co-developing classics like Planescape Torment and Icewind Dale), but reassures fans that inXile will be 'running the show.' After all, too many cooks can spoil the broth something rotten.Click here to read more...
InXile's Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project has passed its target of $900,000 in under two days. At the time of writing, the total amount raised is sitting at $954,806.Click here to read more...
Origin are making a big play for attractive deals today, and this inexpensive download title has been reduced to under half price - allowing you to save over £3 compared to Steam. This unapologetically action-packed, retro shooter is retro-hard but great fun if you approach it with the right mindset, providing tough yet rewarding whirlybird thrills.
It's worth noting that Origin's deal is much cheaper than the SEN and XBLA downloads too, making this the cheapest price on the market. It also registers on Steam (thanks, Jaffo).
Hunted: The Demon's Forge had some big ideas, but sadly ended up looking like a barefaced attempt to re-set Gears Of War in a fantasy universe. There are moments when the cooperative gameplay comes together in some exceptional set pieces - tempered by weak AI, some poor level design and thoroughly aggravating characters. Tesco Entertainment are offering the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for £6.00, which is nearly a £3 saving on PS3 (though note that it's a similar price at Amazon on the Xbox 360).
Hunted: The Demon's Forge had some big ideas, but sadly ended up looking like a barefaced attempt to re-set Gears Of War in a fantasy universe. There are moments when the cooperative gameplay comes together in some exceptional set pieces - tempered by weak AI, some poor level design and thoroughly aggravating characters.
But who cares, because Play.com have slashed the price so low that even Amazon refuse to match it.
Hunted: The Demon's Forge didn't quite manage to live up to some of the promises it made, but it's not a bad game by any means and definitely worth a punt at £4.98, which'll make you a saving of almost £5 on the next best offer coming in from ShopTo. You'll get a variety of weapons and spells to use in the dungeons that you'll stumble across on your travels, which you can discover either by yourself or with a friend in online or offline co-op. Thanks to thegroutch @ HUKD.
Hunted: The Demon's Forge had some big ideas, but sadly ended up looking like a barefaced attempt to re-set Gears Of War in a fantasy universe. There are moments when the cooperative gameplay comes together in some exceptional set pieces - tempered by weak AI, some poor level design and thoroughly aggravating characters. As is often the case, Amazon and Play are brawling over offering the cheapest price for the standard version, which will save you £3.
Hunted: The Demon's Forge tries to throw the fantasy genre together with co-op action gameplay, but sadly it doesn't work very well. There's a decent amount of carnage to get through and a puzzle or two to sink your teeth into, as you make your way through the single player as either E'lara, or Caddoc, who are searching for a mysterious artefact. You can pick up an Xbox 360 copy of the game from ShopTo for £17.86, which'll make you a saving of almost £7 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games.